Debugging of probabilistic systems using structural equation modelling
by Hichem Debbi; Aimad Debbi; Mustapha Bourahla
International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems (IJCCBS), Vol. 6, No. 4, 2016

Abstract: The counterexample in probabilistic model checking (PMC) is a set of paths in which a path formula holds, and their accumulated probability violates the probability bound. However, understanding the counterexample is not an easy task. In this paper we address the complementary task of counterexample generation, which is the counterexample analysis. We propose an aided-diagnostic method for probabilistic counterexamples based on the notions of causality and regression analysis. Given a counterexample for a probabilistic CTL (PCTL)/continuous stochastic logic (CSL) formula that does not hold over probabilistic models [discrete time Markov chain (DTMC), Markov decision process (MDP) and continuous time Markov Chain (CTMC)], this method generates the causes of the violation, and describes their contribution to the error in the form of a regression model using structural equation modelling (SEM). The interpretation of the regression model generated helps the designer to get better insight on the behaviour of the model, and thus helps him to understand how the error has emerged.

Online publication date: Thu, 26-Jan-2017

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems (IJCCBS):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email